Maxine McKew

    Event MC

    Maxine McKew

    Maxine McKew is an author and Hon Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent book is Class Act -  a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. Maxine’s background traverses both journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers as anchor of the 7.30 Report and Lateline. In government she served as Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood, Regional Development and Local Government.

    Maxine is a director of Per Capita, a think tank dedicated to fighting inequality in Australia, and the John Cain Foundation. She is also a member of the Library Board of Victoria.


    Dr Tim Moore

    Keynote speaker

    Dr Tim Moore

    Dr Tim Moore is a leading developmental psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. He is a respected expert on the development of policy and training in the early childhood intervention field and his work has had a significant impact on practice both nationally and internationally.

    Dr Moore delivered seminars on early child development to  the team behind Melbourne Museum’s new Children’s Gallery.  This helped to inform the development and design of this highly engaging, award-winning museum experience for pre-school children.

    A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, Dr Moore is the lead writer of many of the Centre for Community Child Health's reports, conference papers and policy briefs; and develops training and resource packages for early childhood and family support services.

    Read Dr Moore's keynote presentation (PPT, 6.3 MB)


    Dr Robert Brown

    Robert Brown

    Dr Robert Brown has committed his career to developing and researching engaging arts and cultural experiences for children and adults for over 20 years. Dr Brown lectures at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), The University of Melbourne with a focus on arts-based pedagogy and play, child, youth and family engagement, professional learning and cultural citizenship.

    Dr Brown’s PhD explored the relational encounters between children and artists. He has led large-scale research projects focused on child and family engagement in public arts programs including Mapping Engagement at ArtPlay, the Australia Council for the Arts funded ACCESS Project and the development of a Family Engagement Resource for the City of Melbourne based on research undertaken in public programs presented in libraries, arts facilities, parks and festivals.

    Dr Brown is currently leading a research partnership with Museum Victoria, Interpreting and Enabling Family Engagement, and a project with the National Gallery of Victoria focused on Artful inquiry.

    Read Dr Brown's keynote presentation (DOCX, 13.8 MB)


    Case Studies

    Read the case studies that were presented at the summit.

    Melbourne Museums Children’s Gallery Development (PPTX, 2.5 MB)
    Naomi Fogel, Senior Exhibition Designer and Alex Price, Outreach Program Manager

    It’s the Relationship with Library Staff That Keeps Them Coming Back (DOCX, 1.1 MB)
    Catherine Maher, Storytime Host at Port Phillip Library Services

    Stakeholder Engagement in Regional Victoria (PPTX, 11.8 MB)
    Catherine Read, Visual Arts Educator and Feyza Yazar, Cultural Development & Public Programs Officer, Shepparton Art Museum

    Respect for Our Audience: Whose Life Is It Anyway? (PPTX, 3.3 MB)
    Sue Giles, Artistic Director, Polyglot Theater

    National Gallery of Victoria – Multimedia Projects Created for Children and Families (PPTX, 17.0 MB)
    Kate Ryan, The Truby and Florence Williams Curator of Children’s Program

    Supporting Framework for Libraries - Reading and Literacy for All (PPTX, 5.3 MB)
    Debra Rosenfeldt, Manager, Public Libraries, State Library of Victoria

    Supporting Research for museums - Let's Go To The Museum (PPTX, 11.6 MB) Macquarie University National Research Collaboration
    Annalice Creighton, Programs Coordinator at Australian National Maritime Museum
    Lily Katakouzinos, Head of Programs, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
    Kate Phillips, Senior Curator, Science Exhibitions at Museums Victoria.